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Atypical Depression

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Everyone knows that oversleeping and overeating are a symptoms of Atypical depression. May I know what is the reason for it?

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I don’t think anyone can give you a definitive answer. These are called the neurovegetative symptoms of depression. Both oversleeping and overeating can be thought of as an expression of turning away from the social world. The person avoids others and tries to feel okay by eating. Eating helps a little but it is short lived. A neurobiological explanation might suggest that the person seeks to increase their serotonin through eating carbs and sleeping. I’m not sure I buy that theory. This article on suicide suggests that these can be an expression of something a bit more aggressive: Understanding Suicide . Maybe both are a way of saying to hell with the world, but I would be skeptical of this kind of approach unless the conclusion grew out of a lot of therapist-patient discussion.  

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